Listen Imagine Compose

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Listen Imagine Compose 

Listen Imagine Compose is a partnership project between Sound and Music, Birmimgham Contemporary Music Group and Birmingham City University.  It investigates how composing is taught and learned in secondary schools and draws on the expertise of teachers and their pupils, composers, music education academics and arts organisations.  Since 2010, it has been undertaking action research, holding symposia and running CPD.  The project continues to develop.

Phase 1

Phase 1 comprised a series of symposia and six action research questions that look at six key questions. These ranged from examining strategies for creative learning in music, to ways of evaluating pupil’s work, the role of listening, and on the importance of introducing students to music they did not know. The project also studied how expert performers and composers can best be used and how ICT can be used creatively in composing and performing.This culminated in the publication of a major report by Lead Academic Professor Martin Fautley detailing ways that every school can support young people learn to ‘Listen, Imagine, Compose’. 

The report can be downloaded here and the executive summary here.  More info on Phase 1 is here.

Phase 2

Drawing on the recommendations of the Phase 1 report, the LIsten Imagine Compose team designed a Continuing Professional Development course for secondary teachers which was piloted during the 2014/15 academic year. This was delivered in Birmingham and in London in partnership with Teach Through Music. The CPD is currently being evaluated in preparation for being made available on a national basis.

Listen Imagine Compose resources

Some of the resources on offer to teachers attending the CPD are available free of charge. Contact Judith Robinson if you would like to access these.


You can also contact Judith Robinson at Sound and Music if you wish to be kept informed about Listen Imagine Compose as it enters its next phase.

Developed by

Sound and Music in partnership with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Birmingham City University

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Funded by

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation